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We found 6 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept HealthLink HMO near Chesterfield, MO.

Dr. Richard H Gelberman, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
14532 S Outer 40; Suite 200
Chesterfield, MO
 

Dr. Richard Gelberman is a physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include hand problems, wrist problems, and musculoskeletal problems. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Gelberman takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gelberman is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Fractures, Musculoskeletal Problems, Hand ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeremy James McCormick, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
14532 S Outer 40; Suite 200
Chesterfield, MO
 

Dr. Jeremy McCormick is a physician who specializes in foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise consist of foot problems, reconstructive surgery, and ankle problems. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. McCormick is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. McCormick's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. In addition to English, he speaks Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Hallux Valgus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Neuromuscular Disorders, Arthroscopic Surgery, Ankle Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Einer Johnson, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
14532 S Outer 40; Suite 200
Chesterfield, MO
 

Dr. Jeffrey Johnson is a medical specialist in foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Johnson's areas of expertise include foot reconstruction and ankle reconstruction. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Johnson attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Johnson is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Neuromuscular Disorders, Ankle Reconstruction, Diabetes, Sports Injuries, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elaine Claire Siegfried, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
224 S. Woods Mill Road; Suite 640 South
Chesterfield, MO
 

Dr. Elaine Siegfried is a pediatric dermatology specialist. She is especially interested in academic dermatology, contact dermatitis, and psoriasis. She is affiliated with St. Luke's Hospital and SSM Health Care - St. Louis. Before performing her residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Dr. Siegfried attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Siegfried is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Coventry Health Care Plans, and more. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Academic Dermatology

Dr. Daniel Scott Ring, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
1001 Chesterfield Parkway E; Suite 201
Chesterfield, MO
 

Dr. Daniel Ring sees patients in Chesterfield, MO. His medical specialty is surgical dermatology. Dr. Ring's clinical interests include contact dermatitis, hair problems, and psoriasis. He is affiliated with Mercy Hospital - St. Louis, MO and St. Luke's Hospital. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Ring's medical residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Coventry Health Care Plans, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Charles Kory, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
16216 Baxter Road; Suite 200
Chesterfield, MO
 

Dr. Mark Kory is a pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist in Chesterfield, MO. Clinical interests for Dr. Kory include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Dr. Kory has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Kory's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mercy Hospital - St. Louis, MO and St. Luke's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

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What is an Autoimmune Disorder?

An autoimmune disorder happens when the immune system mistakenly attacks the tissues of its own body, causing symptoms of illness. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune disorders. While some are very rare, others are fairly common. Combined, autoimmune disorders are one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, affecting approximately 24 million people.

A properly working immune system identifies foreign substances in the body that might cause illness, such as bacteria and viruses. The immune system then creates antibodies which attack the foreign substances, neutralizing them and keeping the body safe. In people with autoimmune disorders, something goes wrong with this process. For reasons we don’t understand very well, the immune system creates antibodies to attack the patient’s own tissues.

Symptoms of an autoimmune disorder depend on which tissue is being attacked by the immune system, but common symptoms of autoimmune disease include fever, fatigue, and a general feeling of just not being well. Autoimmune disorders are more common in women than in men, and they may run in families. Autoimmune disorders can affect various parts of the body such as blood vessels, connective tissue, endocrine glands, joints, muscles, red blood cells, skin, and many others.

It is common to have more than one autoimmune disorder at a time. Most are chronic, or life-long illnesses, although they may come and go in flares. Treatment for autoimmune disorders depends on which part of the body is being attacked. For example:
  • A type 1 diabetic whose pancreas has been damaged will need insulin.
  • A person with Hashimoto’s whose thyroid has been damaged will need replacement thyroid hormones.
  • Someone with Sjogren’s syndrome will need eye drops and mouth rinses to replace tears and saliva.
Many autoimmune disorders of all kinds are treated with immune-suppressing medications, such as corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone) to reduce the effect of the immune system.